James Harrison, 38, will play out final year of his contract
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ESPN Staff Writer
James Harrison, at age 38, is set to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 13th NFL season.
"He's under contract for one more year," said Bill Parise, Harrison's agent. "We plan to honor that."
Harrison still reserves the right to bow out, and after the season he expressed uncertainty about coming back because of the grind of another NFL offseason. But Harrison's postseason meeting with coach Mike Tomlin was productive, paving the way for a return that would satisfy both parties.
Harrison has one year left on a two-year extension he signed before the 2015 season. He's due $1.25 million in base salary.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Tuesday he anticipates Harrison wanting to play again. "He teaches guys how to be pros," said Colbert about Harrison's locker room presence.
Harrison was productive in his Steelers return, registering 40 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception during the regular season despite playing slightly more than 50 percent of the defensive snaps. Harrison added two sacks in the playoffs, including three tackles for a loss in a divisional round loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver.
With 76.5 sacks for his career, Harrison ranks 37th in NFL history.